Is it a crime to sing, play, or tell jokes to criminals? No, the crime, in that case, would be to not report where a criminal lives...The point is well-taken, but unless I'm mistaken, it's not a crime to not report where a suspected criminal lives, either. Arresting Ramón Ayala, then, is little more than harassment, and poorly aimed harassment at that. Alemán equates Ayala and other musicians to bankers who open accounts for narcos, but in fact the latter, whose relationship to the criminal is vital to the criminal's operation rather than periodically helpful for entertainment purposes, is far worse.
Why doesn't the PGR arrest and investigate the priest who baptized the son of the drug trafficker where the Cadetes de Linares played? Why doesn't it investigate the school where the children of drug traffickers study? Why not the owner of the bank that manages million-dollar accounts in poverty-stricken towns in Chihuahua or Sinaloa? Why not the owner of a luxury truck agency, which are purchased by the hundreds in regions that have a strong influence of drug trafficking. Perhaps we should invert the question, "Who is free of drug trafficking?"
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Alemán on the Narco-Musicians
Ricardo Alemán wonders why Mexican authorities target grupero musicians who play for drug traffickers: